2018 Tri-State Club News

June 18, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
June 14, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
  • We had a new member, Joshua Cook from Oxford show up.  A bit of a drive, but hopefully he will make it every now and then.
June 5, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary

June 3, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated
  • Msg from Will Atkinson:  WE ENTER METROLOGICAL SUMMER TOMORROW.13 MEETINGS BEFORE SEPT.THERE ARE AT THE MOMENT 8 PLAYERS IN SERIOUS CONTENTION FOR THE 6 PLACES OF THE PREMIER SECTION.RATINGS ARE ONE FACTOR BUT ALSO ATTENDENCE.2X A MONTH AVERAGE IS EXPECTED I.E.6X TOTAL IN THESE 3 MONTHS.THAT'S NOT MUCH TO ASK.WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE WHO TRY AND COME FOR SPECIAL EVENTS ONLY SINCE THE 1970,S.THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.OFTEN THEY WANT A LOT OF TOURNAMENT POSTPOMENTS TOO.YOU SHOULD PLAN ONE OR NONE TO START.YOU CAN STATE YOUR CASE WHEN WE GET THERE BUT THIS SECTION IS FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE CLUB.     W.J.A.[+]

May 21, 2019
  • The club ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
May 20, 2019
  • The club ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.
  • :HELLO. IT'S LESS THEN 4 MONTHS NOW UNTIL THE PREMIER SECTION OF THE TOURNAMENT STARTS ON 9/19 . AT RESENT OUR 3 TRI-2018 CHAMPIONS AND SHANNON MILES ARE IN GOOD SHAPE TO QUALIFY.MOSS,SHIELDS AND KURTZ HAVE GOOD RATINGS BUT RARELY COME.  THE GUIDELINE IS 2X A MONTH.NEAL,MENDENHALL, FLANAGAN, DISTILLO ARE IN CONTENTION FOR THE LAST 2 PLACES.OF COURSE ONE OF THEM CAN QUALIFY AND ASK TO SWITCH WITH ONE WHO DID NOT.THERE SHOULD BE GOOD PLAY IN THE LOWER GROUP/GROUPS THIS YEAR.10 GAMES IN THE TOP GROUP TAKES US TO NOV.11TH.WITH 2-3 WKS.FOR MAKE-UPS.  THE RULES ARE MUCH LIKE LAST YEAR.A 1 GAME PLAYOFF ONLY BY MUTUAL CONSENT AND BEFORE THE DINNER.IF 3 OR MORE TIE FOR FIRST SHARED MONEY AND TITLE ONLY.   I WILL
     SAY MORE LATER.     W.J.A.[+]

May 11, 2019
  • The club ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.

May 8,  2019
  • The club ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.

May 5,  2019
  • The club ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.
  • Wolfgang said he was going back to golfing for a few months. But from the looks of the weather, he may show up Monday!

April 29, 2019
  • The club ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches.  Sorry for the delay. Business issues...   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.
April 16th, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated for matches for Monday's matches.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.

April 9th

  • We welcomed Eric Kurtz last night!  Eric is USCF 2070 and recently graduated from U of D and worked for awhile in Canada. He's back in Delaware now.  We hope to see him at future meetings.
  • The chess ladder has been updated for matches from last Monday

April 8th, 2019

  • Important news for our club from Bill Atkinson:  Last night 4/7/19 I (Bill) confirmed from Jim Curtiss' nextdoor neighbor that he passed to eternity about 2 yrs.ago.  His wife moved to relatives.  I wrote of his club activities previously.  Bob benditt and I knew him the most years although Mendenhall, Brunke,and Holland were there 52 yrs ago when he came.  Personally I had 15-20 christmas dinners at his home, 2 ballgames, one cable TV.night.      The club has been at member's funerals: Vic Marler/Angello Contoris/Richard Russell/Richard Oliver/Dan New/Bill Shoemaker. This time,no.  Maybe the family arranged it that way. Still if someone hears such news, please tell us. In weekend tournaments we mostly play strangers or acquaintences. Tri-state after almost 60yrs. should be better then that.  OK, it may be a mistake. Better that then this situation.    Farewell jim curtiss, we'll see you soon.
  • The chess ladder has been updated for matches from last Monday

March 26, 2019

  • The chess ladder has been updated.   See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.
  • Lots of players at the club yesterday. Every table was full at one time!
  • The Blitz tournament is well underway, with many upsets and many moves, both good and bad being missed!  

March 15, 2019

  • The chess ladder has been updated.
  • The club is running a three week blitz tournamnent. 

March 7, 2019

  • The ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches. See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary. Bob

Feb 28, 2019

  • The ladder results were just posted

Feb 25, 2019

I just posted the ladder results.  Sorry for the delay. A trip to Florida and distractions! See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.  Bob
Feb 13, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Feb 11th's matches.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
  • We had a short meeting to discuss issues with food being brought in.  The group concluded that we needed to insure that we left the room very clean when the evening is over, removing all food and insuring that the trash can is not over loaded with food.
  • We had a new member at the club, Don Forest. Don plays at West Chester on Thursdays. He gave Tom Distillo a battle and will be a competitor for a high ladder ranking.
Feb 5, 2019
The chess ladder has been updated for Feb 4th's matches.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
Jan 29, 2019
The chess ladder has been updated for Jan 28th's matches.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
Jan 28, 2019
The chess ladder has been updated for Jan 21 matches.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
Jan 15, 2019
The chess ladder has been updated.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
Jan 9, 2019
The chess ladder has been updated.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
Jan 7, 2019
We're back on our regular Monday evening schedule after the holidays.  Attendance was slightly below average due to the Alabama-Clemson game :).

Jan 3, 2019
  • The chess ladder has been updated.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary
  • We are now back to meeting on Mondays with the holidays over. 
         
Dec 7, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated.  See the standings from the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.

Dec 2, 2018
REMEMBER- - - NO CHESS NEXT WEEK!!! INSTEAD WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL BANQUET 12/10/18

Our regular players who have attended during the year and paid dues during the year are encouraged to attend, and bring a guest if you so desire at no cost. Any one else who wishes to attend can do so by paying a fee. See Frank Jackson for more details.

REMEMBER MARK YOUR CALENDARS- - - WE WILL MEET WED.DEC.26TH AND WED. JAN.2ND. FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THEN RESUME MONDAYS AS USUAL. WE WILL NOT MEET ON MONDAY DECEMBER 24 OR MONDAY DECEMBER 31. WE WILL RESUME MONDAY MEETINGS ON MONDAY JANUARY 7TH.

BOB FLANAGAN UPDATED THE LADDER ON 11/29/18.  VIEW LADDER HERE

The following remarks are from Will Atkinson - - -

OUR YEAR END/HOLIDAY SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:DEC.3RD. AND DEC.17TH.NORMAL MEETINGS.WED.DEC.26TH AND JAN.2ND.MEETINGS IN PLACE OF THE HOLIDAY EVES. THIS HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CHURCH. DEC.10 TH:NO MEETING DUE TO THE ANNUAL DINNER ELSEWHERE. YOU CAN'T PLAY THAT NIGHT AT THE CHURCH.NO PROVISION FOR OPENING UP WILL BE MADE. ALSO THE CHURCH DOESN;T EXPECT ANYONE. DON'T BE "THE MAN OF THE YEAR" WHO DOESN'T KNOW. NORMAL SCHEDULE 1/7/19 ON. ASTRONOMICAL NEWS: TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE COMES ON 1/20/19, SUNDAY NIGHT. TOTALITY 11;41 P.M.-1243 A.M.THE MOON WILL BE VERY

HIGH 70 DEGREES UP +/-. AWAY FROM LAND OBJECTS. BUNDEL UP AND AT LEAST HAVE A GOOD LOOK FROM YOUR YARD. 100% SAFE OF COURSE. W.J.A.[+]

IT MAY BE GOOD TO STATE THIS: THE DINNER IS NOT FREE OR EXCLUSIVE EITHER. REGULAR PEOPLE ARE COVERED, LESS REGULAR ONES MAY BE COVERED BUT NO FREE GUEST. IN GENERAL ALL OTHERS PAST AND PRESENT ASSOCIATES ARE WELCOME ON A PAY BASIS. INVITED PEOPLE TOO. OF COURSE SOME STRANGER CAN'T FOLLOW US IN AND PAY $20 TO EAT. ALSO THERE ARE 2 PEOPLE FROM THE

PAST WHO, DUE TO THEFT,ARE NOT WELCOME AT THE CLUB OR DINNER.THEY MUST REINSTATE THEMSELVES FIRST. I HOPE THIS IS CLEAR NOW W.J.A.[+]

DINNER DIRECTIONS: BALTIMORE PIKE IN SPRINGFIELD AND WOODLAND AVE,

RT.420 IS THE NEARBY MAJOR INTERSECTION. COME SOUTH ONE LIGHT ON RT.420.TURN RIGHT INTO MALL,THEN LEFT. ICABOD FACES SOUTH AWAY FROM BALTIMORE PIKE.IT CAN'T BE SEEN UNTIL THEN FROM THE NORTH. THOSE COMING NORTH ON RT.420 HAVE IT EASIER. TURN LEFT ONE LIGHT BEFORE BALTIMORE PIKE, THEN LEFT AT ONCE IN THE MALL.O.K.? W.J.A.[+]

Nov 29,  2018
  • The chess ladder has been updated.  And the What If comparison to see what happens if you win or lose against another player. Both are available on the ladder page, along with Bob's commentary.
Nov 18, 2018
ANNUAL BANQUET 12/10/18

INFORMATION FROM FRANK JACKSON ON THE BANQUET:
2018 Banquet

The following remarks are from Will Atkinson - - -

A SECTION UPDATE

THIS WON'T  PLEASE ALL BUT I DO INTEND TO HAVE AN A+ SECTION IN 2019.THE TOP 6 ACCEPTING AND ACCEPTABLE PLAYERS WILL PLAY TWICE AROUND 10 GAMES.LADDER RANK IS ONE CONSIDERATION BUT ALSO IS ATTENDENCE. IT'S NOT FOR THOSE WHO PAID LITTLE DUES. ALSO A PROBLEM THIS YEAR CAN DISQUALIFY YOU.   I AM SURE THOSE WHO DON'T MAKE IT WILL HAVE AN OPTION IN THE B OR EVEN A THIRD A- SECTION.       NO CHANGE THIS WEEK.THE DINNER IS THE END.AS THINGS STAND I WOULD GIVE THE WIN TO JACKSON .HE'D HAVE HIS TIE AND $30 BUT WOULD LOSE ON TIEBREAK AS HE'D GET NONE FOR THE FORFEIT.NEAL WOULD HAVE NO HOPE FOR THE PREMIER SECTION.NOBODY WANTS THAT. NEAL CLEARLY HAS HIT A PROBLEM ON MONDAY NIGHTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE GAME BUT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT IT BE PLAYED. BOTH PARTIES ARE VERY LOCAL AND HAVE CARS.PLAY ELSEWHERE. DON'T LET THIS GO MUCH LONGER.   W.J.A.

More- - - THE FINAL A GAME IS FIRMLY SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY. IF NEAL WINS/DRAWS BRUNKE AND I ARE CO-CHAMPIONS,$45 PRIZE EACH. IF JACKSON WINS WE HAVE THE UNLIKELY 3-WAY TIE FOR FIRST AND SECOND.$30 PRIZE EACH. I WILL ANNOUNCE THE TIEBREAK RESULT AT THE DINNER. NO HINTS WILL BE GIVEN SO DO NOT ASK PLEASE.  I WANT TO THANK ALL FOR CO-OPERATION.THE NOISE PROBLEM WAS NOT FROM A PLAYERS.THE ONE FORFEIT WAS UNFORTUNATE BUT NEAL DIDN'T REALIZE THE POSSABLE CONSEQUENCES. WE HAVEN'T HAD A TIEBREAK SITUATION IN MANY YEARS.  SOME GAMES WERE PLAYED AHEAD OR MADE UP AND ONLY ONE GAME WAS LEFT AT SCHEDULE END.THE BYE HELPED US ON THIS AS I KNEW IT WOULD.   LET'S LOOK FORWARD TO MONDAY AND ALSO THE PREMIER SECTION OF 2019.KEEP YOUR LADDER RATING AND ATTENDENCE UP.     W.J.A

From Bob Flanagan- - -

The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's games.

Nov 14, 2018:  The chess ladder has been updated for Nov 12th matches

We had a fair number of matches.  Some games seemed to go real quickly.   When you play, longer clock settings with a longer delay, like 30 minutes and 10 seconds or 45 minutes 10 seconds will allow you much more think time and improve your chess.  I see many games being lost because players are not studying the board to see what their opponent did, and what they will do.

Bob played Will Atkinson in a 2 1/2 hour battle that ended in a draw.  Both players had chances for a win.

Wolfgang finally figured out how to win against Bruce!  Unfortunately, it looks like Paul Shields has Wolfgang's number now :).

Rich Henry had a really bad day :(.  He lost all six of his matches, dropping 130 points and down four in the ratings. Hmmmm. Longer clock times next time?

Bill Mendenhall is back from his back surgery.  Bill Killinger took advance of his absence from chess with a victory. But Bill M. then got revenge with two wins over Pat Holland.

WE WILL MEET WED.DEC.26TH. AND WED. JAN.2ND. FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THEN RESUME MONDAYS

Nov 14, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matchs. Visit the ladder page to see the standings and Bob's commentary

Nov 11, 2018 Newsletter from Will Saxe
Tournament Almost Done.
The tournament is winding down for another year. The B-Section is complete and the winners are listed below. The A-Section is close to completion- but even at this late date final winners could change. We will have at least two co-champions, and possibly a three way tie for first. This shows how close are club championship is. Will Atkinson and Wolfgang Brunke were the winners, but wait if Frank Jackson wins his remaining game it will be a 3-WAY Tie.

Remarks from Will Atkinson-

A VERY INTRESTING NIGHT HAS PASSED. WOLFGANG AND I WERE THE WINNERS AND TIED FOR FIRST 6.5/8.0   FRANK JACKSON AT 5.5/7.0 MUST WIN A MAKE-UP GAME TO MAKE IT A TRIPLE TIE.WOW!  I DO KNOW ALREADY WHERE THAT WILL GO BUT IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE DINNER.I WON'T TELL MY SHADOW UNTIL THEN AS OUR 20TH.CENTURY PRESIDENT ANGELLO USED TO SAY.NO PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR EVEN FOR 2 OF US. I DON'T BELIEVE IN THEM.       FRANK JACKSON AND I HAD A VERY INTRESTING B ENDING FEATURING AN OUTSIDE PASSED PAWN AND PAWNS ON THE SAME COLOR AS THE  B'S SQUARES.NOT A GOOD IDEA.IT WAS A LONG ENDING AND ONE ERROR WOULD HAVE ENDED MY CHANCES BUT AS MANY TIMES BEFORE I DID SLOWLY WIN.BORIS BACINSKI CALLED ME "THE ENDGAME EXPERT".      WE ALSO AT LAST HAD A PROBLEM.NEAL DIDN'T COME AT ALL AND WORSE SAID HE WOULD COME AT 8:00 P.M. EITHER HE OR VAN WOLLEY COULD HAVE HAD A POSTPOMENT AT 7:00P. M.VAN CHOSE TO WAIT UNTIL8:15 AND THEN CLAIM THE WIN. REASONABLE BUT AVOIDABLE.   THIS IS AN IMPATIENT WORLD.THINGS CAN WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK.WE HAVE 4 MORE MEETINGS UNTIL THE DINNER.  HAPPILY NEITHER PLAYER WAS IN CONTENTION FOR MONEY.NEAL'S LONG SHOT ENDED WHEN BRUNKE AND I WON.IF TIE BREAK COMES INTO FIRST IT WILL BE IMPORTANT BUT LUCKILY THE WORST WON'T HAPPEN.    PLEASE LET'S DO BETTER IN THIS NEXT YEAR,    W.J.A.[+]

SOME CHESS PHILOSOPHY

WHAT IS CHESS? I WON'T DIGNIFY THE IDEA SOME LOW PLAYERS HAVE WITH PRINT.  CONTINTENTAL CHESS CALLS IT A SPORT.IS IT LESS SO BECAUSE VERY FEW CAN MAKE A REASONABLE LIVING FROM IT?   TO ME IT IS FIRST AN ART FORM.2 PLAYERS CREATE SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T EXIST BEFORE.IT MAY BE VERY BEAUTIFUL, WORTH SHOWING OTHERS.     THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD KEEP SCORE, CERTAINLY IN TOURNAMENT GAMES. ORIGIANALLY, VERY LONG AGO, OUR CLUB TOURNAMENTS WERE 50/2,25/1.  HOW DIFFERENT FROM THE B SECTION TODAY.NO WONDER YEAR AFTER YEAR PASSES AND SOME B PLAYERS NEVER IMPROVE. CHESS GIVES YOU WHAT YOU GIVE IT.IT'S FAR FROM A SILLY GAME.    W.J.A.[+]

AT THE BEGINNING: OUR CLUB HAD IT'S START IN 1960.HARVEY RITTER GOT IT GOING AT DEVEREAUX BARBERSHOP. HE WORKED FOR JIM DEVEREAUX.ED FINN WAS THERE, I CAME 4/23/1962 AGE 13. THE CLUB WAS VERY WEAK THE

FIRST 2 YRS.HARVEY SAID.NO TOURNAMENT OR DINNER IN THOSE DAYS.THE CLUB ENTERED THE INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE.IT WAS HARD TO WIN A GAME LET ALONE A MATCH.5-0 TIME AFTER TIME.HARVEY CAUGHT ON THAT BOOK LEARNING WAS NEEDED TOO, NOT JUST PLAY.A LESSON EVEN FOR TODAY.  ALSO, A USCF B PLAYER CAME BUT SOON LEFT."A BUNCH OF BEGINNERS, NOT WORTH MY TIME" HE SAID. DUES:$6 A YEAR OR 0.25CENTS A NIGHT 24X MAX.YES IT'S TRUE!   I WAS VERY INEXPIERIENCED BUT HAD TALENT AND I LEARNED FAST.I WAS HITTING THE CHESS BOOKS.3 ONLY COULD BEAT ME. FRANK CAMMERATTA HAD BECOME OUR STAR PLAYER.HE DIDN'T COME MUCH EXCEPT MATCHES.HEWAS CLOSE TO EXPERT U.S.C.F.  1962-1963 CHESTER PIKE CHESS CLUB WOKE UP.8-0-2 WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP.PERSONALLY I WAS 3-1-2 IN ACTUAL GAMES PLAYED.3 MATCHES WERE FORFEITED AND THE PRISION SENT ME HOME THE FIRST TIME.TOO YOUNG THEY SAID.HARVEY GOT THT STRAIGHT.MY PARENT WOULDN'T LET ME GO TO THE DINNER EITHER.NO MAN AT MY HOME TO CONVINCE HER.   THERE WAS A TRASH CAN FIRE AND WE HAD TO GO TO CONTINENTAL BANK FOR 1963-1964.THE KEY PERSON LEFT US OUT ON THE STREET A COUPLE TIMES.THE PRISON BEAT US 3-2 AND WENT ON TO WIN.   WE HAD OUR FIRST ATTEMPT AT A TOURNAMENT IN SUMMER 1963.I WAS JUST TURNING 15. I DID GREAT,7-1 ACTUAL GAMES PLAYED.HARVEY PLAYED FEWER BUT WON AS HE HAD A PERFECT SCORE.INTREST HAD FADED AND THE PRIZE WAS NEVER GIVEN OUT.   INTEREST FADED FOR THE CLUB TOO. MAY 1964 NO MORE MEETINGS.I WAS THERE 2 OF THE FINAL NIGHTS WITH MORGAN RHODES AND PAUL MURTER[CHARLIE'S FATHER].  NO MORE UNTIL MAY 1965 AT THE NEW BARBER SHOP.SOME PLAYED AT THEIR HOMES.  ONE MORE ITEM: THE LADDER WAS PHYSICAL.NO RATINGS.YOU WON 1.5/2.0 GAMES YOU MOVED UP.       THE STONE AGE FOR SURE BUT IT HAPPENED IN MY VERY LONG AGO SCHOOL DAYS.AMEN.    W.J.A.[+]

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B-SECTION STANDINGS - WINS-LOSSES
Rich Henry 12-3 Tournament play is finished. WINNER
Cliff Koehler 11-4 Tournament play is finished. 2ND PLACE
Charles Murter 9-5 Tournament play is finished. 3RD PLACE
Pat Holland 7-7 Tournament play is finished.
Bill Killinger 7-7 Tournament play is finished.
Bill Penjuke 5-9 Tournament play is finished.
Bruce Bucari 3-11 Tournament play is finished.
Jackie Brown 3-11 Tournament play is finished.
Remaining games: None

WE WILL MEET WED.DEC.26TH. AND WED. JAN.2ND. FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THEN RESUME MONDAYS


Nov 6, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated for yesterday's matchs. Visit the ladder page to see the standings and Bob's commentary

Oct 30, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated for yesterday's matchs. Visit the ladder page to see the standings and Bob's commentary.

Oct 24, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated

Oct 22, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated for Oct 15th games.  Sorry for the delay. I was missing one result, then played in a quad on Saturday and wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Oct 21, 2018
Remarks from William Atkinson

  ANOTHER RULE CAME UP ON THIS:SPECTATORS ARE TO WATCH ONLY.THEY CAN TELL ME SOMETHING PRIVATLY IF THEY WISH.IN THIS CASE AS IT WAS MY GAME THE RIGHT TIME WAS POST-GAME.LUCKILY THIS WAS TOO SMALL TO AFFECT THE PLAY.YOU RUN A RISKY ROAD COMMENTING TO THE PLAYERS ABOUT THEIR GAMES IN PROGRESS.I DON'T WANT TO PENALIZE ANYONE.  

A TECHNICAL POINT CAME UP LAST WEEK IN MY GAME.IT SEEMS WHEN QUEEING A PAWN THE PAWN SHOULD GO TO THE 8TH.RANK.I MOST OFTEN PUT THE PIECE ON THE BOARD AND TOOK THE P  OFF.

NO ONE MINDED THAT PRACTICE BUT I WILL DO IT THE OTHER WAY NOW.

WIN-LOSS ATKINSON-NEAL/JACKSON-DISTILLO/BRUNKE-SAXE/FLANNEGAN-C.JAY.  JACKSON LEADS 4.5/5.0,BRUNKE AND ATKINSON 4.5/6.0/NEAL 2.5/4.0,FLANNEGAN 3.0/5.0 CLASS LEADER. 4 WKS.TO GO.

:THE NOISE DID IMPROVE AND I'M GLAD TO SEE WE CAN DO IT. VERY TIGHT RACE FOR PLACE PRIZES,4 CONTENDERS.BOB FLANNEGAN LEADS WELL IN CLASS 3-2.HE HAS NOT BEEN ELIMATED FROM PLACE PRIZES EITHER.   W.J.A.[+]

Bruce updated the B-Section status and I have attached it as B-section

Rich Henry 12 3 Tournament play is finished. WINNER

Cliff Koehler 11 4 Tournament play is finished. 2ND PLACE

Charles Murter 7 5

Pat Holland 7 7 Tournament play is finished.

Bill Killinger 7 7 Tournament play is finished.

Bill Penjuke 4 8

Bruce Bucari 3 11 Tournament play is finished.

Jackie Brown 2 8

Remaining games:

Brown vs Murter

Brown vs Penjuke

If these games do not get played, then Murter will be awarded 3rd place.

If Brown vs Murter results in two losses for Murter, then a decision will be needed regarding 3rd place between Murter, Holland, and Killinger.

Will Atkinson provided the following information---

WE WILL MEET WED.DEC.26TH. AND WED. JAN.2ND. FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THEN RESUME MONDAYS.I GOT THE WORD OFFICALLY TODAY.


Oct 7,  2018
Bruce just updated the B Bracket standings.  Click here to view

Sept 25, 2018
The club ladder has been updated.  As soon as Bruce and Will Saxe provide updates on the A and B ladders,  they will be posted.

Sept 23 Tri-State Chess Club Newsletter 9/23/18

Bob Flanagan our ladder statistician updated the ladder which is available on the club website. He also said the following . . l
  • Bob Flanagan got half an upset!  He got a draw against Frank Jackson!  Now if someone can help and knock off Will Atkinson.....
  • Paul Shields returned and got an upset win over Tom Distillo.
  • Bill Mendenhall also upset Tom and gained 9th place as a result!

Bruce updated the B-Section status click here to see

The following is the A-Section results through Sept 17.

The following was sent in by Will Atkinson - - -

HELLO.FOR NEXT NEWSLETTER:THANKS TO JACKELYN BROWN AND WILL SAXE FOR COFEE AND DOUNETS EVEN THOUGH J,B, DIDN'T COME.SHE IS OUR STAR MEMBER IN GENEROSITY IN 59 YRS.MONEYWISE IN MY OPINION.I SAW IT ALL BUT 1960-4/1962.      ONCE AGAIN I TELL YOU YOU MUST KEEP SCORE.IT'S A USCF RULE AND I PUT IT IN OUR TOURNAMENT.YOU CAN'T AGREE FOR ONE OR BOTH OF YOU NOT TO.CLAIMS LIKE REPETITION OF MOVES 3X OR THE 50 MOVE RULE NEED A SCORE SHEET.WHAT IF YOUR OPPONENT MAKES 2 MOVES IN A ROW?   YOU CAN STOP IF YOU HAVE 5 MIN.LEFT.ALSO I'D ADVISE AGAINST IT BUT IF YOUR OPPONENT HAS LESS THEN 5 MIN,LEFT.O.K?.I DON'T WANT TO BE AN OGRE BUT IT'S FOR THE GENERAL GOOD AND YOURS TOO.   IT WAS QUIET ENOUGH THIS WEEK.THANK YOU ALL.    ALSO THIS IS OBVIOUS BUT WE CAN'T HAVE JUST ANYONE THERE AT THE END.IF THE LAST RESPONSABLE PERSON WISHES TO LEAVE IT'S CLOSE-UP TIME.10:30,1000,EVEN EARLIER.LOCK-UP IS EASY TO LEARN.AS FAR AS I KNOW THIS HAS NOT BEN A PROBLEM RECENTLY BUT I STATE THE POSSABLITY.   W.J.A.[+[:

Please be considerate of others during our tournament. The noise level last week was better than the week before so let's try to keep it that way.

If you are playing in the tournament be sure and let somebody know if you can not come. Not showing up risks a forfeit. If you find you cannot make it
send an email to Will Saxe niterook@hotmail.com

Will Atkinson provided the following information---

WE WILL MEET WED.DEC.26TH. AND WED. JAN.2ND. FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THEN RESUME MONDAYS.I GOT THE WORD OFFICALLY TODAY.


Aug 4th News from Will Saxe and Will Atkinson
Our annual tournament starts next month

The following are now tentative (and incomplete) rules for A-Section-(Hopefully we will have complete rules next week. I (Will) could not figure out what some of the things on the handwritten paper said)
    • The A-Section will be a round robin, 9 rounds. Time Limit G110/D10.
    • No entry fee other than the regular club dues of $3.00 per night.
    • Prises $50.00 1st $20.00 2nd $20.00 class
    • The TD will decide who the class players are
    • Eligibility - Members on the ladder who attend more or less regularly. If more than ten players wish to play TD will decide who plays.
    • Ties will be split and the tying players will be co-champions
    • unless both plaers wish to have a one game playoff match.
    • In general player not eligible for the A-Section can play in the B-Section. We hope to have a full rule list from Bruce next week for the B-Section,
    • Will Atkinson sent in a list of players he sees as likely to play in the A-Section:
      •  Atkinson, Jackson, Neal, Diostillo, Koehler, Saxe, Flanagan, Brunke, Jay
      • This list isn't binding or exclusive but are the probable section A players
      • Possible players: Ladson, Paul, Mendenhall.
      • Speak up if you are not on this list and wish it or on the list and do not wish on it.
      • 10 max
    • .9 rds. is Nov. and we need at least 3-4 wks.for make-up games. 
    • The last time we had more then 10 was 1967 [20].
    • If more then 10 wish to play Bruce and Will and the borderline players will work it out. A drawing is possible.
  • Players left out can go in B section. 
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July 30th
  • We had many members attend, along with one member from many years ago (Bill More) and a new member joining.  We had a record number of ladder matches!  To see the ladder results and highlights, visit the ladder page.

July 23rd
  • It is the middle of summer and we are down to seven meetings before our annual tournament. The ladder is frozen as our rating statistician is vacationing in the wilds of Alaska. Continue to fill out the ladder sheets and he will bring it up to date when he returns.
  • Note from Will Atkinson:
    I intend to bring in the tournament rules next week.I'll make a few or even 5 copies.  People can borrow one and make their own if they wish.   I will try and cover all possable situations. We were fine in 2017. Late additions worked out but that I won't repeat.  The main changes are no late joins, and if you wish to play in the A Section you must keep score. That rule is in effect again. Only the last 5 min.is o.k. not to record.    
July 14, 2018

  • It is the middle of summer and we are down to eight meetings before our annual tournament. The ladder is frozen for two weeks as our rating statistician is vacationing in the wilds of Alaska. Continue to fill out the ladder sheets and he will bring it up to date when he returns.  Have a good vacation Bob.
  • I have added Don Quiring to the email mailing list. I think he will enjoy hearing about whatever is going on at tri-state.
  • Although it is hot outside it is nice in cool at the chess club. Come in, cool off, and find a good game with one of our members.
  • Send items for the newsletter to Will Saxe niterook@hotmail.com
July  8, 2018

Message from Will Atkinson-

GOOD NEWS.DON QUIRING PLAYED IN THE WORLD OPEN AND HE SAYS HE IS WELL FROM HIS TROUBLE THAT CAUSED HIM TO LEAVE US.GOOD HEALTH AND GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FROM TRI-STATE FOR ALMOST 20 YRS.OF TOURNAMENT/ LADDER WORK.GOD BLESS.

Note from Will Saxe- If anyone has an email address for Don we could send him our newsletter which he might enjoy.

Although it is the middle of summer there only nine meetings left to get ready for our annual fall tournament. Who will challenge Atkinson for the top spot?? Who will come out on top of the B Section??

On the ladder game sheets please write clearly. Sometimes it is difficult to decipher the names, results from the sheet.

If you see any of the people who have recently attended, remind them to come on Monday nights.

We've had several new players at the club in the past few weeks!  Membership is increasing

There were 36 ladder matches last Monday, a new club record!


April 23, 2018
  • Jeffrey Johnson returned!  2070 rating.
  • The ladder continues to be very active with many matches each week.
    • Bruce jumped 107 points with victories over Will and Pat
    • Bill caught Bob sleeping and stole a victory! And gained 24 points!
    • Bob got revenge for his lose to Van a few weeks ago with two victories.
    • Tom and Wolfgang exchanges victories.  Wolfgang continues to climb up the ladder, gaining 15 points
    • Jeffrey Johnson (2070 rating) played Will Atkinson (2087) and the game was a draw
April 16, 2018
  • Lots of matches and lots of draws
  • Last match finished up close to 11!
Mar 19, 2018
The club ladder has been updated for matches on March 5 and March 12

The Spring Tournament will be finishing up on Monday March 19th.

Frank Jackson is in the lead with 10 1/2 points

Following Frank are -- Will Saxe 9, Tom Distillo 8 1/2, Bob Flanagan 7, Charles Murter 5 1/2, Wolfgang Brunke 5, Pat Holland 4 1/2, Bill Penjuke 4, Bruce Bucari 3 1/2, and  Bill Killenger 2 1/2.

Bruce Bucari has a good shot at winning the upset prize with a win against Frank Jackson.

Our thanks to Frank Jackson for directing this fine tournament and to Wolfgang Brunke for thinking this up and supporting it.

Mar 5, 2018
The chess ladder has been updated for last week's matches

Tri-State Chess Club 2018 Blitz Tournament details:
    1. The tournament will start Monday, March 5th at 7 PM with three double rounds per evening.
    2. The tournament will run until approximately 8:30 each Monday evening until the tournament has been completed.
    3. All games in this blitz tournament will be as scheduled there will be no make ups or reschedules.
    4. We are expecting ten to twelve players so expect the tournament to last three to four evenings.
    5. The format will be a double Round Robin so each participant will play each participant twice; once as black and once as white.
    6. The play time will be game/10 minutes with a 10 second delay.
    7. The tournament is free to all players; the $3 evening dues is the only expectation.
    8. Frank Jackson will direct the tournament.
    9. The prize fund will be $70.
    10. The prize money's division will be determined at the start of the tournament.
    11. Wolfgang Brunke will determine how the prizes are to be divided.
    12. The Round Robin format will be arranged based on the participant's February 19th rating.
    13. The event's winner or winners if there is a tie will be considered the Clubs 2018 Blitz Champion/Co-Champion.

Feb 22, 2018
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matches - and once again many matches!  And some good upsets!
Feb 13, 2018
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matches - and once again many matches!
Feb 7, 2018
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's matches - and there were a lot o them (20!)
Feb 4, 2018
  • The chess ladder has been update for the matches played on January 29th
Jan 28th newsletter from Will
The next meeting of the club will be on monday  january 28. Plan to come and bring a friend.

I believe we have one or two new members. I forgot to get email addresses from them so will try to do it this week.

We still did not get any one to run a lottery. People seems to like having one but so far no one wants to run it. Sell tickets, collect the money, have someone draw the winner, and give out the prize. This does not necessairly need to be done every week. 
          
Any information that could be placed in the newsletter wou;d be welcomed.  Please send any suggestions, information, etc. to Will Saxe at niterook@hotmail.com

Jan 26, 2018

  •     The chess ladder has been updated for the matches played on January 22nd

Jan  20, 2018

After being iced out on the 8th, the meeting on the 15th had about average attendance.  Bring your chess playing friends and help build up the attendance.

Wanted == Someone to run the lottery. Sell tickets, collect the money, have someone Draw the winner, and give out the prize. This does not necessairly need to be done Every week.  Voluenteers wanted.

Any information that could be placed in the newsletter wou;d be welcomed. If one of our Members won a quad or placed in a tournament, it may be of interest to the other members.  We need more to insert than I currently have. If you have an interesting game why not share It with the other members.

Bob Flanagan is back so the club ladder will be up to date again, 

Please send any suggestions, information, etc. to Will Saxe at niterook@hotmail.com

2017 Tri-State Club News

Dec 29, 2017
  • Lots of attendence yesterday even though we met on Wednesday instead of our regular day, Monday
  • The chess ladder has been updated for yesterday's matches
Dec 18, 2017
  • We had our club banquet!  Lots of players
Dec 14, 2017
  • The chess ladder has been updated.  Wolfgang moved up 31 points!  Cliff moved up 21 points.
  • Tri-State Chess Club Newsletter 12/13/17
We finally have complete results for the B-Section.  Congratulations to Rich Henry and Charles Murter have tied for first.  They will split the first and second class prizes and they will get $45 each. Also congratulations to Bill Killinger and Charles Murter. They tied for third place and with split the prize each getting $10.00.  To explain how this all came about I will enclose the explanation of dircetor Bruce Buccari ...
1. The game in round one between Rich Henry and Sean Duffy will default to Rich Henry giving him 6 wins.
2. The game in round two between Sean Duffy and Bill Killinger and the game in round six between Jackie and Bill Killinger will both default to Bill Killinger giving him 5 wins.
3. The game in round six between Charles Murter and Sean Duffy will default to Charles Murter giving him 6 wins.  This will result in both Rich Henry and Charles Murter having 6 wins and ed for first place. They will therefore share first and second place prize money. First place was $50.00 and second place was $40.00. They will each get $45.00. This will also result in both Pat Holland and Bill Killinger having 5 wins and ed for third place. Third place was to be $20.00. They will each get $10.00.
The B Secon Tournament is now finalized. Bruce Bucari

The A-Section is completed. Congratulations to our new cochampions Will Atkinson and Frank Jackson. Preston Ladson came in third place, but there is no prize in the A Section for third place. (I did not realize this until Will Atkinson told me this) However congratulations to Preston for coming in right behind our co-champions.  The class prize was split between Tom Distillo and Will Saxe.  

There is no meeting at the church on the 18th. REMEMBER  The banquet is on December 18 at 6:30pm at the Ichiban Seafood Buffet  Hope to see everybody there.  REMEMBER The next chess meeting will be at the church on Wednesday December 27th followed by a Wednesday meeting on January 3rd .  REMEMBER On January 8th we will return to meeting on Mondays.

If you have anything that should go in the newsletter email Wil Saxe niterook@hotmail.com

Dec 10, 2017

Tri-State Chess Club Newsletter 12/9/17 
  • B-Section Players- This Monday is the last chance for you to effect the outcome of the 2017 tournament. Director Bruce Bucari says “ This coming week we will determine the outcome one way or another”
  • The A-Section is completed. Congratulations to our new cochampions Will Atkinson and Frank Jackson. Preston Ladson took the third place prize. The class prize was split between Tom Distillo and Will Saxe.
  • Thanks to Bob Flannagan for the new club website.
  • Dates to remember...
  • The banquet is on December 18 at 6:30pm at the Ichiban Seafood Buffet.
  • Rare Wednesday meetings...
  • On December 27 and January 3rd we will be having Wednesday meetings due to the holidays. Come it you can..
  • If you have anything that should go in the newsletter email Wil Saxe niterook@hotmail.com
  • The following people are on the club ladder, but not on the e-mail list. If you have an e-mail address please give it to Bob Flanagan at
    BobFlanagan1@gmail.com or Will Saxe at niterook@hotmail.com
Labson, Preston
Distillo, Tom
Neal, Richard
Henry, Rich
Edwards, Don
Jay, Charles
Holland, Pat
Killinger, Bill
Koehler, Cliff
Skinner, Robert
Goldberg, Ben
Duffy, Sean


Dec 6, 2017
  • The ladder has been updated for all matches played on Monday.  Many thanks to Wolfgane and Bill for sending me the missing matches. Bob
Dec 5, 2017
  • The ladder has been updated for most of the matches played yesterday.  There were a few still going on, and when their results are reported, the ladder will be updated for them.
Dec 1, 2017
  • Updated the ladder for one match not on the list
Nov 29, 2017
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's results.
  • Tournament updated from Will:
We have club co-champions for 2017. Congratulations to Will Atkinson and Frank Jackson. They split the 1st and 2nd place prizes and are declared co-champions.  Taking 3rd place is Preston Ladson.  As reported last week Tom Dostillo and Will Saxe shared the class prize.

The B Section prizes are not yet finalized as we are still stuck at a three  way tie between Pat Holland, Charles Murter, and Rich Herny who each have 5 points. If a few games are ever played it is possible for a lone winner, cowinners, or even one scenario with a four way tie. Unfortunately we will not  know the eventuial outcome until right before the banquet.

The banquet is on December 18 at 6:30pm at the Ichiban Seafood Buffet.  ONLY TWO MEETINGS REMAIN to try to get additional results for the B Section.

Nov 22, 2017
  • A What If section has been added to the site to show what would happen to one's ratings if one won or lost against anyone on the ladder.
  • Update on the B tournament from Bruce Bucari:  
There were no changes to the B Section Tournament this week.  As it presently stands, there is a three way tie between Pat Holland, Rich Henry, and Charles Murter.  Each of these players has 5 wins.  It is highly desirable to complete this tournament before thee banquet on 12-18.  Ergo, games not played will result in a forfeit.  The players who will be losers by forfeit are Jackie Brown and Sean Duffy.  This will change things as detailed below.
 
Bill Killinger presently has three wins.  If we invoke forfeiture, he will end up with 5 wins which will make for a four-way tie.  However, fair is fair, invoking forfeiture will also give Rich Henry another win giving him 6 wins and first place in the B Section tournament.  The other three players will then have a three-way tie for second place and will divide the second and third place prizes.
 
I am hoping that Jackie and Sean will come this week.  That way, we can avoid deciding this tournament by forfeit.
 
Nov 21, 2017
  • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's results. There were 17 matches played!  Click on the link and view the results.
  • Tournament update from Will Sax:
The annual tourrnaments are getting close to the end. The B Section currently has a three way tie. Pat Holland, Rich Henry, and Charles Murter all have 5 points. There was no change in the standings this week. The players who are not attending are making it difficult to determine a winner, or prize standings. Bruce Bucari the director of the B Section is not quite sure what is going to happen from here on.

In the A Section the Class prize is co-won by Tom Distillo and Will Saxe each with a score of 4 wins and 5 loses. Trying for the top spots are Preston Ladson 7.5 / 8.0, Frank Jackson 7.5 / 8.0, and Will Atkinson 7.0 / 8.0. Ladson alone or two co-champions are possibilities. Baring an unlikely playoff we should be done Monday 11/27/17.  Will Atkinson the director of the A Section thanks everyone for their co-operation in getting the games finished.

If you are in contact with any of the players who have not been coming, try to get them to come finish their tournament games. And remind everyone the
tournament is about over and we will go back to playing ladder or non-ladder game at out regular meetings.  Dates
   Monday Dec 18   Our annual banquet at Ichabon restaurant
   December 27 and January 3      Wednesday meetings because of the holidays.
   New Year – New dues structure -- $3.00 a week and no 50-50 lottery.

Nov 20, 2017 - Monday Club Meeting
  • We had 18 players at the club last night!

Nov 17, 2017
  • The chess ladder has been updated for last Monday's matches
White Black Winner
Jackson, Frank Koehler, Cliff Jackson, Frank
Koehler, Cliff Jackson, Frank Jackson, Frank
Saxe, Will Killinger, Bill Saxe, Will
Penjuke, Bill Saxe, Will Saxe, Will
Penjuke, Bill Murter, Charles Draw
     
Brunke, Wolfgang Flanagan, Bob Draw
Brunke, Wolfgang Flanagan, Bob Brunke, Wolfgang
Jackson, Frank Murter, Charles Jackson, Frank
Henry, Rich Bucari, Bruce Henry, Rich
Bucari, Bruce Henry, Rich Henry, Rich
     
Henry, Rich Bucari, Bruce Bucari, Bruce
Holland, Pat Bucari, Bruce Holland, Pat
Bucari, Bruce Holland, Pat Holland, Pat
Holland, Pat Bucari, Bruce Bucari, Bruce
Bucari, Bruce Holland, Pat Holland, Pat
     
Holland, Pat Bucari, Bruce Holland, Pat
Atkinson, Bill Neal, Richard Draw
Labson, Preston Ellis, Art Labson, Preston

Nov 6, 2017 - Club Tournament News


This coming Monday 11/13/17 is our first night for only make up games.  

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT COMING!!!

Will Atkinson has a tentative schedule for make up games this week, trying to get the maximum number of games played. Will Saxe is finished!    

This allows us to get in a maximum number of make up games. We have nine altogether and not much time to get them in.

The leaders in the A Section for 1st and 2nd  are Atkinson, Jackson and Ladson.

For the class prize Saxe is in the lead but Koehler and Distillo could catch up.

In the B Section Pat Holland and Charles Murter both have 5 and Rich Henry has 4 so they all look like they could win a prize.

Important Dates

December 18 - Club Banquet